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Head of Finance & Procurement

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Job summary

£49420 - £61617
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
03 December 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Head of Finance and Procurement within SAAS based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The successful candidate will join SAAS which is an executive agency of the Scottish Government (SG) and responsible for assessing and paying student awards for Scottish domiciled students in Higher Education throughout the UK. On behalf of the SG, we administer budgets of around £1.4 billion each year, making payments to both educational institutions and over 190,000 students a year.

Qualifications Required
Applications are sought from suitably CCAB qualified members with proven post qualifying experience in a financial management position.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Ability to build and sustain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders including senior leaders and the ability to negotiate around different and competing points of view.
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate complex information clearly, succinctly and to a wide range of audiences.
3. Significant experience of financial management within a complex organisation, including development of monthly management accounts, financial reporting and annual accounts as well as being able to demonstrate strong technical credibility and an excellent understanding of current legislation.
4. Understanding of effective financial processes, controls and budgetary tools, including ability and experience of implementing systems effectively across an organisation.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Angela Robertson at angela.robertson@gov.scot 

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.  

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot


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